Sutton Creek Golf Club

Community Living Essex County golf tournament attracts 108 golfers



By Ron Giofu


Community Living Essex County’s annual golf tournament was down in the number of golfers this year but did see an increase in sponsorships this year.

Manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis said there were a total of 108 golfers this year. The tournament was played last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor.

“We’re down a little bit from last year,” DeSantis said regarding the number of golfers. “We’re up with the corporate sponsors.”

Leamington won the “Municipal Cup” again this year as having the lowest score among the municipal teams that competed in the Community Living Essex County (CLEC) golf tournament. From left: Community Living Essex County executive director Karen Bolger, Paul Barnable, CAO Peter Neufeld, Mayor John Paterson, Rob Sharon and CLEC manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis.

This was the 28th annual golf tournament and tenth straight year where the Municipal Cup was awarded. The Municipal Cup goes to the municipal team with the best score, with Leamington winning it once again this year.

Other towns that entered this year included Amherstburg, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Kingsville.

“It was a really nice day,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis thanked the sponsors, Sutton Creek Golf Club as well as the golfers for the support. He also was grateful for the support from the municipalities.

“We provide services right across Essex County,” said DeSantis. “We wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of our municipalities.”

CLEC executive director Karen Bolger also expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and golfers that were part of this year’s event.

“We can’t thank you enough,” said Bolger.

Bolger pointed out that Community Living Essex County supports over 700 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Essex County.

Dave Mickle, who competed in the Community Living Essex County and won for straightest drive, stands with Team Amherstburg members. The municipal team included Sandy Lindsay, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Kyle Spearing and Councillor Leo Meloche.

“The proceeds from this event go directly to the people we support,” said Bolger. “The proceeds from the tournament help families of children and youth throughout the summer months to ensure supports are provided to allow children to be involved in summer camps, recreation and leisure activities while children are out of school. The funds also support four teen groups throughout Essex County.”

A final fundraising total has not been released as of yet.

For more information on Community Living Essex County, visit or call 519-776-6483. People can also “Like” them on Facebook at or “Follow” them on Twitter at

“Golf for Kyle” helps local Special Olympian with his travel expenses



By Ron Giofu


For the third straight year, a golf tournament has been held to assist a local Special Olympian with his travels.

“Golf for Kyle” was held June 23 at Sutton Creek Golf Club near McGregor with proceeds benefitting Kyle Spearing. Spearing, a 26-year-old Special Olympian, practices out of Sutton Creek under the guidance of coach Cory LaJeunesse.

“We’re heading to the Special Olympics Canada national games,” said LaJeunesse.

The golf tournament will be played July 29-Aug. 5 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

The “Golf for Kyle” tournament featured 58 golfers and 78 in total for dinner. Spearing said he felt good and was excited to see so many people come out to support him and his efforts.

“My uncle came from Pittsburgh,” said Spearing, noting that other friends and supporters also came out to support him.

Kyle Spearing (foreground) practices his putting prior to the golf tournament in his honour June 23. Watching him is his coach Cory LaJeunesse from Sutton Creek Golf Club.

Spearing said he played a round of golf that morning prior to the tournament. He has already seen tournament action this year, including a tournament near Whitby.

“We played a couple of courses there,” he said.

While a final total from the “Golf for Kyle” tournament was not available as of press time, LaJeunesse’s early estimate was that it would raise in the neighbourhood of $5-6,000. Money raised through the tournament is held in a trust, LaJeunesse added, and used to help send Spearing to the Special Olympics tournaments he travels to. Previous tournaments have been in Hilton Head and Seattle.

Depending on how he does at the national tournament, Spearing could qualify for the Special Olympics world tournament. LaJeunesse said that has always been the goal but noted there is a relatively quick turnaround as that tournament would be held in March.

Spearing emphasized how appreciative he was to the people that turned out last Saturday and others who have helped him.

“Thanks to the community for all of the support,” he said.

Admirals golf tournament features highest number of golfers yet



By Ron Giofu


Organizers of the annual Amherstburg Integrity Admirals golf tournament were pleased with the results.

While a final total is not available yet, organizer Mary Ewer and team co-owner Wes Ewer were happy with how things turned out Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

“We had such a great response from the community and the parents for our door prizes,” said Mary. “It was the best we’ve ever had. The community came together. It was unbelievable.”

Eighty golfers hit the links, with Mary adding “it’s the best we’ve had.” There were 26 additional people that joined them for dinner.

“These are families that couldn’t join us for golf but could for dinner,” she said.

T.J. McWhinnie (left) and Ted Jacob were two of the members of the winning team in the Admirals’ golf tournament Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Mike Souligny (not pictured) was the other member of the winning team.

With friends, friends of friends and members of the community joining the team and their families, Wes believes the early results will be positive.

“It will be one of the more profitable years, for sure,” he said.

Mary said a strong local contingent on the team helped, with Wes noting that all proceeds will go towards the general operation of doing business.

Head coach/general manager Paul Bortignon said they have got the roster down to the 23 player limit. He added the team is appreciative of all the support from the families and the community as a whole.

“We’re all looking forward to a great year,” said Bortignon. “We are extremely excited. Hopefully we can finally deliver the championship to Amherstburg that we’ve been desperately seeking the last five years.”

T.J. McWhinnie, Ted Jacob and Mike Souligny were the winning team. Susan Campbell was the closest to the pin for the women while Mary Ewer had the longest drive for the women. In those same two categories, Cory Burns and Souligny won the honours among the men.

Skins were won by Mary Ewer, Kieth Ewer, Brett Corey and Doug Middleton.

Amherstburg concluded the pre-season with a 2-1 win in Essex last Tuesday and a 5-4 overtime loss in Lakeshore last Friday night. The Admirals open the 2017-18 regular season at home Sunday night with a 7 p.m. game against the visiting Petrolia Flyers.

Community Living Essex County pleased with 2017 golf tournament



By RTT Staff


Community Living Essex County (CLEC) held its 27th annual Charity Golf Classic last week and were happy with the results.

The tournament, held last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor, drew fewer golfers this year (126) than last year (143) but manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis said CLEC is still hopeful of reaching its $20,000 goal.

“I think we made more than last year because have more corporate sponsors,” said DeSantis.

CLEC made $18,000 from the 2016 Charity Golf Classic.

While the tournament was open to all interested golfers, part of the event was the Municipal Cup competition between the participating Essex County municipalities. Leamington – comprised of Mayor John Paterson, CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey and Ward Hutchins – repeated as Municipal Cup champions by beating two Kingsville teams as well as teams from Amherstburg, LaSalle and Lakeshore.

Team Amherstburg was comprised of Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Councillor Leo Meloche, fire chief Bruce Montone and retired fire chief Al Reaume.

Community Living Essex County held its annual golf tournament last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. Leamington repeated as winners of the “Municipal Cup” portion of the tournament, which was a competition between Essex County municipalities. From left: Leamington CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey, Leamington Mayor John Paterson, Ward Hutchins.

Community Living Essex County held its annual golf tournament last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor. Leamington repeated as winners of the “Municipal Cup” portion of the tournament, which was a competition between Essex County municipalities. From left: Leamington CAO Peter Neufeld, Brian Humphrey, Leamington Mayor John Paterson, Ward Hutchins.

Community Living Essex County is grateful to the municipalities, DeSantis added, noting CLEC operates in each of the seven county municipalities. He noted Amherstburg’s re-entry into the Municipal Cup portion of the tournament and said it was DiCarlo’s first year in the tournament.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the communities,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis called this year’s tournament “a positive experience” and believed people left happy with the day. He paid tribute to long time volunteer Fred Mitchell, who not only golfed, but recruited golfers and sponsorships. The team of volunteers was also thanked with the volunteers and golfers also recognized by board of directors 2nd vice president Sue Desjarlais and CLEC director of operations Karen Bolger.

A final fundraising total will be announced in the coming weeks.

Community Living Essex County supports over 650 people with an intellectual disabilities and their families. For more information on the agency, visit

26th annual Charity Golf Classic welcomes participants


Special to the RTT

Community Living Essex County is pleased to announce that its 26th Annual Charity Golf Classic will be held at Sutton Creek Golf Club Thursday, July 14 with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

All proceeds from the annual golf tournament benefit Community Living Essex County in support of people with an intellectual disability and their families across Essex County.

Highlights of the best ball scramble tournament will include a live and silent auction for items including Detroit Tiger tickets. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the best overall low gross and best mixed foursome and best ladies team low scores prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and more.

All participants will receive a prize.

CLEC golf

As part of tournament, Community Living Essex County has again invited municipalities from across Essex County to participate in the 8th Annual Municipal Golf Challenge. Municipalities will again be vying for both the “Municipal Cup” and bragging rights for the municipality with the lowest overall team score. The town of LaSalle will again attempt to defend their 2015 title.

Community Living Essex County welcomes the community to join in the fun and golf for a great cause.

To register for the tournament, or to find out more about outstanding sponsorship opportunities call Tony DeSantis Manager of Community Relations at 519-776-6483, ext 246, or e-mail him at

Details’, including registration information is also available online at Go to Charity Golf Classic under the “Events” section of the website.

Last year nearly $15,000 was raised for Community Living largely in part due to the generous support of local corporate sponsors from across Essex County.